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Abdallah Schleifer

Born: 1935

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Abdallah Schleifer

Date of Birth : 1935
Birth Place : New York City

S. Abdallah S. Schleifer is a prominent Middle East expert; a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and at the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. A former NBC Cairo Bureau chief, Schleifer also served as the Al Arabiya News bureau chief in Washington D.C. and currently writes periodic columns for their website. He is the chief editor of the annual publication The 500 Most Influential Muslims. He is professor emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research, at the American University in Cairo - which he founded and served as first director. . Throughout his career, he has interviewed countless Middle Eastern leaders—heads of state as well as Ayman al-Zawahiri the leader of Al-Qaeda since 2011 . Born in a secular Jewish family on Long Island, he received his BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956 where he was involved in Marxist movements. He is a convert to Sufi Islam.


  • Film Producer
  • Professor
  • Television Director
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